Is it even Sunday if you haven’t had a roast? We don’t think so and now that autumn is just around the corner, there’s no better excuse to book into one of our favourite Sunday lunching spots for a comforting roast.
From sharing menus perfect for special occasions to posh pubs where the food outdoes the drinks and restaurants that source the finish British produce you’ll find in London, here are our top pick to end the weekend on a high with no washing up in sight.
Posh public house on Hackney Road, The Marksman, is well known for its excellent food served up by owners and chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram, and interiors that sit somewhere between old East End boozer and Farrow & Ball showroom.
The pub is the place to be on a Sunday if you’re part of the East London set (if you can get a table – you’ll need to book weeks in advance) to tuck into Black Treacle Sourdough & Cultured Butter to start – it’s the kind of bread so good you’ll want to Instagram it FYI; followed by a choice of roasts, from Roast Hereford, Yorkshire Pudding & Horseradish Cream to Roast Springfield Chicken, Tomato, Little Gem & Anchovy; as well as delicious fish and veggie options.
Desserts are a delight too, from chocolate tarts to peach and verbena ice creams and epic British cheese boards.
The whole menu is wrapped up into a three-course, £35 job and it’s without a doubt the best Sunday lunch you’ll find that side for the capital.
The best roast you'll find in East London.
If you subscribe to the sharing is caring ethos when it comes to food, get yourself down to London’s Sea Containers hotel where they have two epic Sunday Lunch sharing dishes on the menu.
Choose from the Dry-Aged Rib Eye with watercress, peppercorn sauce or the Roast Chicken with confit onions, and add in some tasty sides, from Salt Beef Croquettes to Isle of Wight Heritage Tomatoes with dill, pickled red onion and black olives. A great alternative if you’re not quite ready for wintery roast spuds and big fat yorkies.
Afterwards, walk it all off on the picturesque banks of the Thames and take in some of the capital’s most iconic sights, from Tower Bridge to St. Pauls.
Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground , South Bank, London SE1 9PD
These guys take their roasts pretty seriously, in fact, they even have a dish titled the Gillray’s Yorkshire Pudding Club – 125g sirloin steak, smoked streaky bacon, tomato chutney, red wine sauce and a fried egg all piled into a mammoth Yorkshire pud.
The team source their produce from within 150 miles of the restaurant, using Kent and Essex based farms so you can expect top notch quality and they use goose fat to ensure their roasties are as crispy on the outside as they are fluffy on the inside.
Plus, i you’re partial to a gin, you’re in luck as they’ve got over 100 different gins for you to take a look at.
In all honesty, it’s actually hard to find a roast in a restaurant or pub that’s better than your own but Smokehouse is definitely an exception to the rule. Their smokey take on the British classics, such as slow smoked Texel lamb shoulder or Gloucester old spot pork rib eye, are seriously good and use the best produce Britain has to offer.
Book a table inside for a buzzy feel or outside on the leafy terrace while the sun’s still shining.
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From Smokehouse to their sister restaurant, The Pig and Butcher, who serve up an equally epic Sunday offering.
Start off with a spiced bloody Mary to clear any lingering Saturday night cobwebs, before tucking into pulled Paddock Farm Tamworth pork shoulder
& Bramley apple sauce, roasted Lake District Herdwick lamb leg or roasted dry aged grass-fed Hereford beef sirloin.
Shoutout must go to their sharing dishes – that’s what roasts are really all about – like the Label Anglais chicken crown, lemon and thyme butter. Yorkshire puddings, beef dripping roast potatoes, greens, carrots and creamed leeks will also be brought to the table for a well earned end of week feast.
The Pig and Butcher, 80 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 0QD
Entertain your inner Henry VIII as this place doesn’t do meat-filled plates by half. Their Sunday sessions are known to bring on the meat sweats, so book in, bring out your comfiest pants and tuck into a mix of Cornish lamb leg, 55 day-aged beef rump and Middlewhite pork loin, all roasted over open coals and English oak and served with the usual suspects; Yorkshires, duck fat-roasted tatties, veg and Blacklock’s signature gravy.
Shoreditch, The City and Soho
The grande dame of London’s steak scene, Hawksmoor is a no brainer if you’re after a traditional Sunday roast. They strip things back to basics with their roasts inspired by the classic ways of cooking – they basically take huge joints and roast them over real charcoal and finish them off in the oven for a deep, rich flavour.
Order the slow roast rump served with beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, greens, roasted shallots, garlic and lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy. Wash it down with a fine selection of reds or warming cocktails from the excellent bartenders – we highly recommend the Fuller-Fat Old Fashioned for a nightcap to the weekend.
Top tip: book in before 5pm because the roasts famously sell out.
If you’re after something more special than your local pub, book in to Whitehall’s Northall. Every Sunday, the restaurant that sits inside the stunning Corinthia hotel, celebrates tradition and generosity with a menu bursting with elegant sharing dishes, heartfelt food and, the best bit, a lavish dessert table.
Book in for two courses at £39, three at £45 or go the whole hog and add on a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne, Bloody Mary or Bellini for £55.
Start with a decadent fruits de mer, followed by sharing mains of sea bream, roast chicken, lamb en croûte or chateaubriand, before ending with a peek at the restaurant’s famous dessert table.
What better way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion or just the fact that it’s Sunday?
The Northall, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD,
Enjoy two courses for £40 and three course for £45 – we recommend the traditional roasted rib of beef, served with all the trimmings.
The perfect excuse to get out of your Sunday comfies and into your best. Plus no washing up in sight.
The Game Bird at The Stafford, 16-18 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NJ
This Wandsworth restaurant knows where they’re at when it comes to Sunday lunch (and we’re not just biased because they’re our neighbours), thanks to an impressive pedigree in the kitchen lineup.
With chefs previously from the two Michelin-starred restaurant Dinner by Heston and one-starred restaurants such as Hind’s Head, they are bringing fine-dining and seriously good roasts to SW18.
On Sundays tuck into classics like French onion soup or venison tartare before tackling roasted beef sirloin, roasted cauliflower, tasty bream or, our favourite, beef wellington.
Round it all off with a gooey sticky toffee pudding and roll yourself home.
London Stock, 2 Bubbling Well Square, Ram Quarter, Wandsworth London SW18 1UQ